I am glad that Jesus spoke to a woman at a well


I am glad that Jesus spoke to a woman at a well

that a woman touched his cloak and was healed

that a girl sat up when he told her to

that stones fell from the hands of an angry, self-righteous crowd.

I am glad that a woman bent double, straightened up;

that one with a fever cooled down,

that to a mother a son was restored,

that a Canaanite woman refused to be ignored,

that Mary sat by him and learned

and that he told her sister, ‘Martha, Martha.’

I am glad for tears that fell on dirty feet,

for precious oil spilled like precious blood,

for a woman who lost a son to a cross;

for women who insisted, “He is not there.”

I am glad that these women wept for him, believed in him, followed him, fought with him, loved him more than they could put into words.

Most of all, I am glad for this man, this Jesus of Nazareth.

This man who cared so much that he cared little about convention; whose love was bigger than disapproving disciples and a sexist society.

This man who served a God who picks the most vulnerable from the ground and holds them close, like pearls in the palm of his hand.

This is the God that I serve.


Our reading in church today came from John 4 (Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well). It’s the same section we read a few weeks back for the Women’s World Day of Prayer event. John 4:27 especially tugged at something in my soul:  “Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman.” They marveled that he was talking with a woman. Marveled! I marvel at this man. At his love, his constancy, his fearlessness, his patience, his kindness. This Son of God, Son of Man.

This guy! :)

One thought on “I am glad that Jesus spoke to a woman at a well

  1. Yes, we read that scripture today too.. Apparently it is one of the (or the) longest conversations that Jesus had with anyone. … I love reading of the times he did the ‘unconventional’ or ‘unheard of’ things. …. Diane

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